LSU star Angel Reese received an endorsement from the original creator of the «You Can’t See Me» quip, Tony Yayo, nearly a week after controversy stemming from the basketball star giving Iowa’s Caitlin Clark some your own medicine.
Reese drew criticism for her celebratory gestures as LSU was wrapping up its first national championship last Sunday against Iowa. Yayo addressed the controversy in an interview with TMZ Sports on Friday.
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“When a black girl does it, it’s a problem, but when a white girl does it, it’s not a problem,” Yayo said.
The G-Unit rapper was the original creator of the «You Can’t See Me» move, which was popularized by WWE star John Cena. The professional wrestler acknowledged the use of Clark during the tournament when she lost consecutive 40-point games.
«I just don’t want all this to overshadow the victory,» added Yayo. «There are other people in the team. There is a great coach [Kim Mulkey] over there. I definitely look up to anyone who is a role model for black women in this world.»
Clark told ESPN last week that Reese shouldn’t take any criticism.
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«I think that men have always talked bad. That’s what it has been, and I think more and more people, as they turn on the game, appreciate it for what it is,» Clark said Tuesday. «I’m lucky enough to be able to play this game and have emotion and I wear it on my sleeves, just like everyone else. So that should never be shot down, that should never be criticized, because I think that’s what this game does. such a fun game. That’s what draws people into this game, that’s what brings it to the pro level, to the college level, to the high school level. Either way, it doesn’t matter.»
«You should be able to play with that emotion. That’s what makes it so much fun. Nobody wants to tune in and not see people being competitive and passionate about what they’re doing in any sport. That’s the way it should be. I think that’s what that’s how it should be, that’s how I’m going to keep playing, that’s how every girl should keep playing. I’m lucky that we have fans who support us and want to see that kind of basketball.»
Clark also said that he has no problem with what Reese did.
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«I don’t think Angel should be criticized at all,» Clark added. «No matter how she goes, she should never be criticized for what she did. I compete, she competed. It was a super, super fun game. I think that’s what will attract more people to our game.»
Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.